Update and Rye Bread

I hadn’t planned on being silent for several months, and I can’t promise to start posting regularly again. But! I did make a loaf of rye bread from scratch and it turned out quite tasty. After I spotted some caraway seeds at the grocery last week, I knew I had to purchase it. I used… Continue reading Update and Rye Bread

Butternut Squash-Walnut Ravioli

I won’t lie, this recipe takes a lot of work and patience. But it is also a wonderful way to enjoy fall.  Squash and sage, wrapped in warm pasta…with a hint of contrasting texture from the crunchy walnut…perfect on a cool evening.  Roasting the squash is necessary in order to puree it, but it also… Continue reading Butternut Squash-Walnut Ravioli

Toasted Italian Subs with Homemade Bread

After weeks of boring sandwiches consisting only of a thin layer of meat and cheese on dry, boring bread, it was time for a change. The homemade bread and the fresh basil are the most important parts of this sandwich.  Maybe also the banana peppers.  And salami.  Ok, it’s really the combination of all the… Continue reading Toasted Italian Subs with Homemade Bread

Terrarium

We live right on the border of a time zone.  In my opinion, we live on the wrong side of the time change.  Even though we still have over 2 months to go until the shortest day of the year, it is already dark at 6pm.  Also, our apartment is half-sunk into the ground–it is… Continue reading Terrarium

Eggplant Couscous

This dish took a different turn than expected, but I believe it became much better than the original. Originally, I was supposed to roast zucchini, onion, and tomatoes and add it to couscous with feta, basil, and lemon.  I’m sure that would have been tasty, but I decided I wanted more roasted eggplant. Then I… Continue reading Eggplant Couscous

Banana-Coconut Blueberry Muffins | Attempt II

The flavour of these are amazing.  They are so moist and have an abundance of juicy blueberries in them. However, I seem to have lost some of the “muffin” quality.  Despite reducing the amount of yogurt,  somehow these were still extremely moist.  So moist that I could not safely store them on the counter, because… Continue reading Banana-Coconut Blueberry Muffins | Attempt II

Peach Salsa and Fish Tacos

Peach salsa. I finally made it! Too bad the peaches were not quite ripe enough yet.  Otherwise, it was all delicious.  I bought and used a fresh jalapeno pepper for the first time…and even splurged on fresh cilantro.  (The poor college kid in me is still alive and thriving, despite finally being graduated and having… Continue reading Peach Salsa and Fish Tacos

Tufted Bench

I’ve been wanting a bed bench. I don’t know if that is what they are called, but that’s what I call them.  They are cute little benches that you put at the foot of your bed.  Perfect for sitting on while you put on your shoes in the morning. I saw lots of nice benches,… Continue reading Tufted Bench

Peach Ice Cream

Summer means ice cream.  Peaches mean summertime. So peach ice cream seems to be the perfect thing to make to celebrate the last of summer. This recipe is not at all healthy, but it is simple and fresh tasting if nothing else. The Recipe Ingredients 2 c heavy whipping cream 5 ripe peaches, peeled 1/4… Continue reading Peach Ice Cream

Spring rolls

On the same trip to the Asian market that I gathered supplies for sushi, I also purchased some spring roll wrappers. It is amazing how sturdy, yet flexible these wrappers are!  I expected them to tear and rip open or stick to the plate.  None of the above happened.  Somehow they held in all of… Continue reading Spring rolls

Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

I now consider this recipe a success. The first time around, the muffins were good…but rather dense and heavy. To improve the fluffiness of the muffin, I used greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt (which reduced the amount of liquid in the batter) and omitted the milk altogether.  I also whipped the egg whites and… Continue reading Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Haunted Kitchen Chairs

Our kitchen chairs may be haunted. Ok, honestly, I do not believe in ghosts or anything of the sort, but it is fun to say that our kitchen chairs (or at least 2 of them) are haunted.  Why would I say such a thing? Well, as you know, we are in the process of trying… Continue reading Haunted Kitchen Chairs

Homemade Sushi: Date Night

A little while ago, when my family came to visit, I enlisted my brother’s help to gather supplies for a surprise for my husband. Since my brother spend a semester abroad in Japan, and has made sushi several times before, I asked him to take me to a local international market to gather supplies so… Continue reading Homemade Sushi: Date Night

Re-upholstering Kitchen Chairs

We have a lovely little cherry kitchen table, that I inherited from my grandma.  There was only one thing wrong with it: the seat covers were made of a horrible material. I think it was microsuede or whatever, but whatever it was made of easily matted down and latched on to every single crumb and… Continue reading Re-upholstering Kitchen Chairs

Steamed Veggie Quesadilla with Basil Aioli

I tend to have little patience for roasting vegetables.  I love roasted vegetables, but I never seem to be patient enough to get them quiiiite done enough. I have found the solution.  Cover them with aluminum foil, and they will never be too hard again!  If you want crispiness, just remove the aluminum foil before… Continue reading Steamed Veggie Quesadilla with Basil Aioli

Recipe-in-Progress: Banana-Coconut Blueberry Muffins

Fresh blueberries are everywhere, and I cannot resist them. Truthfully, I can hardly resist any fresh fruit.  But let’s focus on blueberries right now.  I had not had a blueberry muffin in a very long time, and I was in the baking mood again.  As usual, I wanted a slightly healthier blueberry muffin (because who… Continue reading Recipe-in-Progress: Banana-Coconut Blueberry Muffins

The Family Visits!

Last week, my family came to visit! They arrived Sunday afternoon, and we spent most of the afternoon relaxing and catching up.  For dinner, I pulled out my lovely, lovely new find: Two days before my family arrived, I found a 3-piece pasta attachment set for my KitchenAid stand mixer…for $30.  Yes, $30.  Typically it… Continue reading The Family Visits!

Spinach-Feta Spaghetti Bake

Chicken parmesan can be so delicious…and so… not healthy. But I knew my husband loves spaghetti, and the idea of simple, comforting chicken parmesan sounded appealing to me.  I decided to change up the flavours and try to make it slightly less unhealthy in this recipe. First, there is actually very little parmesan cheese.  But… Continue reading Spinach-Feta Spaghetti Bake

Recipe-in-Progress: Honey-Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Sitting in the kitchen, staring at some lemons, too exhausted to do much else, I wondered what I should do with my day off.  Sleeping all day sounded good, but not very reasonable. Then I realized: I have 2 fresh lemons.  Why not make something special with them?  Even better, I also had poppy seeds,… Continue reading Recipe-in-Progress: Honey-Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Painting Furniture II

After my success with the kitchen furniture, I decided to attack the larger dresser for the living room. For the living room, we decided to go with mostly creamy neutrals (well, once we get a couch, that is…right now our living room is empty of actual living room furniture) with accents of deep eggplant purple… Continue reading Painting Furniture II

Painting Furniture

My mother is going to kill me. I inherited my grandma’s nicely built (but a bit dated) bedroom set of furniture.  My mother made sure that I knew how lucky I was. Well, I painted it.  And not just some neutral beige, either.  My mother is not a fan of painting “perfectly nice, good-quality wood… Continue reading Painting Furniture

Greek Coleslaw

Since my husband had to work over the 4th of July weekend, we celebrated with a cookout on July 3rd.  We went to a nice state park just across the border, in Kentucky. The weather had been consistently in the mid-90’s, with lots of humidity, but the temperatures dropped to mid-70’s for several days around… Continue reading Greek Coleslaw

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

It’s a recipe! After disappearing for two months, then rattling on about my wedding for two weeks, I am finally going to post a recipe!  I have several more important non-food posts, but they can wait.   First, we must dive into this summery recipe before summer ends. As usual, I found a recipe that… Continue reading Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

The Honeymoon

It was supposed to be a three hour drive, but it took us about 4 hours to get to French Lick after leaving our reception. The hotel was beautiful.  We had to figure out novel luxuries such as valet parking and bellhops, but we managed.  :-)  Since it was late and it had been a… Continue reading The Honeymoon

Wedding Part V | The Reception

This post will mostly be pictures. We arrived at the reception after taking a few pictures. Almost immediately, we cut the cake. It was delicious. There were cupcakes and other foods for the guests. We went around to try and talk to friends and family. And we got a group photo with about half of… Continue reading Wedding Part V | The Reception

Wedding Part IV | The Ceremony

  When I left off last time, we were hiding out in the library of the church, waiting for the ceremony to start.  One second I was hot gluing a flower back onto my shoe and waiting impatiently for it to be time for the ceremony, and the next it was time to go! Unfortunately,… Continue reading Wedding Part IV | The Ceremony

Wedding Part III | The Wedding Morning

My fiance/husband and I had decided to take pictures before the ceremony, so as to not make the guests wait forever at the reception for us to arrive. That meant that I needed to be completely ready by 11:45am.  It was a bit of a rush, but I managed to get ready on time.  First… Continue reading Wedding Part III | The Wedding Morning

Wedding Part II: Preparation

Even though my fiance and I (husband and I?) had a small wedding, there was still plenty of work to be done.  In fact, I am beginning to think small weddings create more work for the couple than a bigger wedding.  Bigger weddings usually include conveniences such as caterers and florists and maybe even a… Continue reading Wedding Part II: Preparation

Wedding Part I | The Wedding Cake

I decided to make my wedding cake, long before I became officially engaged.  Some girls dream about their giant, poofy wedding dress as soon as they are old enough to know what a dress is, but I was much more interested in planning the food aspect of the wedding. As I have mentioned several times,… Continue reading Wedding Part I | The Wedding Cake

Pad Thai

Sometimes I am not in the mood to invent recipes. Sometimes I just want to try already established, but new-to-me recipes. I’ve never had pad thai.  So, I cannot tell you how authentic this recipe tastes…I can only assure you that it tastes very good.  Next time I would add less noodles, but I just… Continue reading Pad Thai

Tahini-Miso Slaw

Sometimes you need some help coming up with ideas. I love salads that are packed with vegetables, but sometimes I get stuck in the typical lettuce-cucumber-tomato salad base rut. This recipe proved to be interesting–the cranberries seemed maybe a little toooo interesting.  I did not have any dried cranberries on hand, so I did not… Continue reading Tahini-Miso Slaw

Vanilla Chai Latte

I did not used to be a tea-drinker. I still do not drink tea very often, but I am working on that.  One of my favourite has become chai tea.  I had been working on finding the best tea (in tea bags) to buy, but then I thought: why not just make my own? I’ve… Continue reading Vanilla Chai Latte

Wedding Planning III

I am here for a short update. The last week or so has been crazy, with apartment issues, internship work, and some wedding planning road blocks.  (We have currently asked two different people to play the piano/organ at our ceremony….neither have been able to do it.  But, there are always CD’s that can be played… Continue reading Wedding Planning III

Wedding Planning II

My bouquet is finished! I made each and every one of those cloth flowers.  Yes, I am proud of myself.  And I am trying to not think too much about how I have to make two more (slightly smaller) bouquets for the bridesmaids. I believe I have also settled on a menu for the reception.… Continue reading Wedding Planning II

Almond-Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Grain-Free}

Is a grain-free diet healthier than grain-full(?) diet? No clue.  But it sure can be tasty! I used this recipe as a guideline.  Really, ingredient-wise I made minimal changes (I decreased the brown sugar and coconut oil, but barely), but I made HUGE changes to the methods.  Honestly, I did so because I did not… Continue reading Almond-Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies {Grain-Free}

Peanut Thai Salad

Crunch, crunch, crunch. You won’t be able to hear much more than that while you eat this salad, but it hardly matters.  It is so delicious that you cannot focus on anything other than the tangy-yet-faintly-sweet-with-a-touch-of-tartness of the peanut dressing.  Want to add a little more crunch?  Add a handful of peanuts. The dressing doesn’t… Continue reading Peanut Thai Salad

Asparagus Gouda Frittata

I’ve mentioned before how I love make-ahead breakfasts. Asparagus is one of those foods that I hated for a long time, because I did not eat it the proper way.  For the longest time, I only had asparagus out of a can.  It cannot even be called asparagus.  Aspara-disgusting. Fresh asparagus is an entirely different… Continue reading Asparagus Gouda Frittata

Apple and Wheat Berry Salad

Doesn’t this salad look interesting and delicious? I thought so. However, I cannot follow recipes, it seems. I did not have pumpkin seeds…but I had sunflower kernels!  Same thing, right? Also, instead of quinoa, I decided to something else that I had splurged on just a few days before: wheat berries.  I first heard of… Continue reading Apple and Wheat Berry Salad

Sesame Cabbage Rolls

First there were lettuce wraps. Then cabbage rolls. Actually, I skipped over the lettuce wraps.  I still have not managed to completely pass up bread and opt for lettuce only.  It can’t be as filling as bread, so why bother?  (Ok, ok, I will try it eventually.  I promise.) But if you have a nice… Continue reading Sesame Cabbage Rolls

Toasted Coconut, Chocolate, and Apricot Granola Bars

This is rather similar to the Apricot-Pistachio Granola that I made several months ago. This time, I wanted to make bars instead of loose granola.  Also, I decided to up the coconut flavour and substitute in chocolate instead of pistachios.  (Substituting in chocolate is ALWAYS a great idea, right?) Um, for as much guessing as… Continue reading Toasted Coconut, Chocolate, and Apricot Granola Bars

Chocolate Mousse Brownies {No Added-Sugar}

I had been intending to make this recipe for over a year. I could not find date paste.  After staring at the almond butters and coconut oils for a very long time, willing them to turn into date paste, an employee asked if she could help me.  Turned out she couldn’t.  No date paste.  And… Continue reading Chocolate Mousse Brownies {No Added-Sugar}

Sweet Potato Chips

This recipe is still somewhat in progress for me. I managed to get several proper chips out of this, but a fair amount were too thick, and therefore too soft to be chips.  A few others were so thin that they were burnt badly and had to be discarded.  (Or eaten, just to see if… Continue reading Sweet Potato Chips

Sun-dried Tomato and Balsamic Chicken Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes add so much to a dish. Sure, they’re rather ugly and shriveled sometimes, so they don’t add much in the way of beauty, but they make up for it in flavour. I’ve mentioned (several times, I think) my love for balsamic vinegar.  So why not put them together?  And while we’re at it,… Continue reading Sun-dried Tomato and Balsamic Chicken Pasta

Wedding Planning I

We have a date set.  We have the church.  We have the reception location. So what else have I been doing to throw together a quick, super-low-budget wedding? Well, since this is a food blog, let’s start with the cake.  I am going to make our own wedding cake.  It won’t be a 5348-layer cake… Continue reading Wedding Planning I

Beef and Pepper Fajitas

The only thing missing is an avocado. I would say that everyone should be impressed that I left my safety zone of only cooking chicken and ground turkey, but that’s not true.  My dad actually cooked a large roast for vegetable soup, and he had some extra.  I decided to put the leftover roast beef… Continue reading Beef and Pepper Fajitas